Bringing a new pet home is one of the most incredible feelings in the world, especially when you never have one before.
Adopting a pet from a shelter or a rescue group would also mean that each time you look into your pet's eyes, you can feel good knowing that you have saved a life, and who knows? You might be surprised that very often, it turns out to be the other way round.
A study was made by the Centres for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) showing how the bond between man and their pets can also reduce stress and bring positive energy to their owners.
With almost no effort at all, pets have the ability to naturally bring joy into one's lives – if we know how to handle them well. Just watching them in their innate antics could put a smile on your face. Pets also send comfort your way when you're upset or unwell; they are always there for their caretaker unconditionally.
Sure taking care of an animal is also a financial investment that can be time-consuming and at times leads to frustration. However, many pet loving owners would agree that it is all worth the effort.
Be it a dog or a cat, all our furry friends do depend on us for love, warmth, and care, and it can be said a lot for the animals in the shelter.
In Kuching (Sarawak), one local animal shelter in particular has done such an impressive and laudable job in protecting and saving strays, and that is the Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).
SSPCA was officially registered under the Registrar of Societies as the 'Kuching Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (KSPCA) in 1962. (Source: Borneo Post). Just shy of another year, SSPCA will reach its 60 years milestone caring for the welfare of hurt and homeless animals while also educating the public by raising awareness on animal cruelty.
Today, we hope to encourage more to care for these needy animals, so here are 7 reasons why you should adopt from your local animal shelter.
1. Saving Lives
In the world we live in, one does not have to wear a cape to be a superhero. You can be an everyday superhero by setting an example to inspire others simply by saving the lives of furry friends in your community.
It is a privilege when one can provide a loving home to an abandoned animal. And the reward one receives in return? Asks any responsible pet owners, and they will tell you that they are blessed with their pet's companionship, loyalty and love.
Adopting pets from a shelter is like giving these creatures a second chance in life, and there is no doubt that it is one of the most gratifying feelings to experience.
2. Bring a Trained and Housebroken Pet Home
Canines and feline that are older than 6 months are most commonly found in an animal shelter. The Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) has previously shared that most cats and dogs under their care are already potty trained. They are considerably much calmer as they are no longer fur babies.
This is a big plus for new pet owners. Puppies especially are known to be quite a ruckus if they are raised without a mother. Adopting an animal from a shelter would mean that you are bringing home a pet that has been trained by volunteers with pet expertise. SSPCA also ensures that their animals are well trained to quickly adapt with you and in your home.
3. Save A LOT of Money
Veterinarian bills tend to be very pricey. Like human babies, baby animals also need several vaccines that are vital to protect them against viruses. Another perk for when you adopt from a shelter? You will be adopting dogs or cats that have already completed their core vaccines and dewormed.
On top of that, the grown animals are usually neutered or spayed to prevent over-population in the shelter. This also helps decrease animals from being euthanized due to insufficient space or resources to care for them. You will be paying a much smaller fee as compared to raising them from their infant stage.
4. Help your Local Animal Shelter
Most local animal shelters or pet rescue organizations are non-profit. They sustain through contributions, fundraising events and a minimal adoption fee when one brings a pet home. Any form of support is much needed and appreciated.
When one adopts a pet from a shelter, this relieves them from the burden of caring for one pet and make room to help another pet in need.
Even if you are not quite ready to take the plunge to adopt a pet of your own, volunteering in a shelter will also come as a huge favour and support.
5. After Adoption Support
Pets like dogs can be unexpected at times, but shelter dogs are typically well disciplined and obedient. Aside from the age factor, many have testified that the dogs and cats from SSPCA are the best pets you can find if you are planning to adopt for the first time.
If you do come across issues with your newly adopted pets, most shelter programs will be ready to assist you so you won't have to struggle or try to figure it out all on your own to provide the best care for your pet. That brings us to the 6th reason as to why you should adopt a pet from a local animal shelter.
6. Know the Pet You Are Adopting
Get the information you need to find the perfect pet of the right fit for you.
Brody getting ready to go to his new home after being adopted successfully. Image source via SSPCA (Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
A pet will be a part of your life for years, and therefore the decision should be well thought through. Finding a pet that fits your lifestyle and personality can be a tough one, especially when they are still puppies or kittens trying to figure out themselves too!
It helps tremendously in the decision-making process when their traits and temperament are already well developed, and you know what to expect. Most shelters would have done an evaluation on each pet, and they know their characteristics well.
7. Spread Love and Kindness All-Around
Adopting an animal is known to have a domino effect on some people. Saving and having a pet of your own would encourage the people around you to do the same if they see how much fun you are having with your new companion by your side.
Adopting a pet is no doubt a big decision. The responsibilities that come with it can change your life entirely as you will have another life to care for. Nonetheless, it would be one of the most gratifying things you could ever do or feel.
So if you are up for it, reach out to your local animal shelters and find yourself an animal companion that you can count on to bring joy into your life.
Where to adopt a pet in Sarawak? Reach out to the Sarawak Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA).